The R&D activities of Centexbel-VKC support the textile, plastic converting and related companies with the explicit aim to reinforce the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and to assist the industry in its transition to a sustainable future. As a research institution created by and for the industry, we initiate and participate in publicly funded pre-competitive research projects and in market-oriented contract research projects.

To guarantee total impartiality and to avoid any conflict of interest, we explicitly exclude all product development in those areas covered by the CE certification scope for which we are accredited.

Biocomposites have the advantage of being very light. Unfortunately, the large variation in fibre properties makes a robust design difficult and their intrinsic moisture sensitivity can lead to premature degradation. The BREPLA project aims to further develop and disseminate the material knowledge required for the successful application of biocomposites in a growing number of end products.

RESERVIST aims to establish ‘reservist cells’ that in times of crises can be activated within 48hrs to switch to manufacturing medical products and services that are spiking in demand.

The BitumClean project aims to develop an industrial process to separate the bituminous tar fraction from end-of-life roofing membranes at low cost and without environmental consequences.

Holistic approach to establish a market in the EU for locally produced textiles made from locally sourced bio-based waste.

Following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparations are being made to cope better with the next COVID period. Lessons learned are drawn up so that actions can be taken to solve the identified bottlenecks in the best possible way.

Remove2Reclaim aims to develop innovative solvent-based extraction routes to remove additives, such as titanium dioxide, from different polymer matrices and to reuse both titanium dioxide and polymer in new products. This dissolution route will be a nice add-on to existing mechanical and chemical polymer recycling schemes.

Development of bio-based materials with functional properties for high-volume consumer products and better performances than fossil-based plastics in comparable applications.

The ReMixT project aims at developing and optimizing a process for polymer recovering and reuse, used as feedstock in the textile industry, from common PIW and PCW.

Smart textiles are able to sense and respond to changes in their environment, increasing as such their functionality to the wearer. The main application fields of smart textiles are safety and protection (e.g. technical textiles and workwear), medical support (e.g. monitoring of the elderly) and performance enhancement (e.g. fitness and sport).

Development of a novel type of thermal and electrical conductive compound with high conductivity and improved processability in a wide range of processing techniques, that will broaden the scope of possible applications for conductive composites.